Frank De Felitta, an award-winning documentary film director, author of several best-selling novels and a film director, has written, in L’Opera Italiano, a loving but hard headed and level-eyed memoir of his father, an illiterate Italian immigrant, a womanizer and a gifted mural painter. The feuds and loves are played out in all their foibles, dishonesties, generosities and passion but always with intensity, without sentimentality but with, as is De Felitta’s gift, a full human understanding. At the age of 90, De Felitta’s mastery of story telling art has combined with decades of deep reflection on the meaning of his family’s lives. L’Opera Italiano is beautifully illustrated with old photographs and mementos including puppets which De Fellita has made. It is a book straight from a rich heart which will be a joy for those who also read from the heart.
– Steve Weiner
Author of “Sweet England”